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Sterling 7.62
Sterling 7.62
Type Battle rifle
Light machine gun
Place of origin Flag of the United Kingdom.svg United Kingdom
Production history
Manufacturer Sterling Armaments Company
Cartridge 7.62×51mm NATO
Caliber 7.62 mm
Action Lever-delayed blowback, open bolt
Feed system 30 round L4 Bren magazines
20 round L1A1 SLR magazines
Sights Iron
Trilux nightsight

The Sterling 7.62 was a battle rifle/light machine gun variant of the Sterling submachine gun which was manufactured in the 7.62×51mm NATO calibre. It used lever-delayed blowback to handle the more powerful rounds and was fed from 30 round Bren magazines as well as 20 round magazines from L1A1 SLRs.[1] A bipod and detachable fixed stock could be added as well as a Single Point IR/Trilux night sight. To prevent ammunition cook-off, the weapon fired from an open bolt. As the Besal was a planned LMG of World War II, the 7.62mm NATO calibre Sterling was intended as an emergency standby weapon in case of attack during the Cold War.


  1. Forgotten Weapons (20 December 2010). "British .308 Sterling prototype". Forgotten Weapons. Retrieved 15 December 2011. 

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